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Lamar White, Jr.

Lamar White, Jr.
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Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.

“That did not happen. It’s fake news.” How Louisiana Conservatives Have Been Taken for...

The Hayride pockets tens of thousands of dollars from Republican politicians and conservative interest groups, deceiving its readers with phony stories framed as legitimate news.

AG Landry Has Been Making Arrests in New Orleans. That’s Likely Illegal, According to...

Both Judge Susie Morgan and City Attorney Rebecca Dietz underscored support for Landry's cooperation with crime prevention efforts and investigations, provided he complies with the law.

Shreveport’s Biblical Struggle over a 3.5-Mile Inner City Highway

For the past seven years, a David & Goliath struggle has taken place in Shreveport over the proposal to build a 3.6-mile long inner city...

When Democrats Succeed, Women Succeed

As a Democrat working to rebuild after 2016, and a pro-choice woman, who not only organizes in Louisiana but also lives and votes here,...

Why Southern Democrats Struggle With The Politics of Abortion

Democrats--particularly Democrats outside of the South--do a tremendous disservice to the party when they insist that pro-life candidates should not have a seat inside of our Big Tent.

Disgraced Former LA Health Secretary Greenstein Now Chief Technology Officer of Trump’s DHH

Bruce Greenstein, the disgraced former Secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals under Gov. Bobby Jindal, was recently named the Trump administration's Chief...

Calling an Appel an Orange: One State Senator’s Love Note to Bad Government and...

Louisiana State Sen. Conrad Appel, a term-limited Republican from Metairie and a man who spent his years as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee...

An Interview With Vox’s Sean Illing: “There Is No Straight Line to Your Goal”

During the last two years, Sean Illing—journalist, self-described “failed professor,” Air Force veteran, and holder of a doctorate in political science from LSU—has staked...

Monumental Task Farce: The Last Stand of the Lost Cause

The e-mails received by Lt. Gov. Nungesser's office reveal a much more complicated truth about the real power behind the opposition and about New Orleans itself. 

Fathers and Sons: Forging a Blood Oath One Bead At a Time

Text by Ben Arnon and Erika Alexander Photos by Ben Arnon Blackness in America is a tangled web, often woven from shallow narratives and clichéd stereotypes. ...